(WTNH)–On Wednesday, Governor Malloy will become the first Democratic Governor to be sworn in to a second term in thirty years and is the first Governor in memory to be re-elected despite low approval ratings. He was interviewed today by Chief Political Correspondent Mark Davis.
[DAVIS] Looking ahead, this is a very big week for you but at any point during the campaign did you ever think that it might not happen?
[MALLOY] “Sure, sure, I mean, you can’t be involved in a campaign and not see it go one way or another at any given moment but I actually had a fairly abiding belief that once we got to the point (of) the debates, and we were able to tell our story, that we were going to be all right…and I think the debates were a big turning point for us.”
As he looks forward to this week’s inauguration the Govenor is defending the decision to give pay raises to 200 members of his administration.
[DAVIS] Do you think it was wise to announce raises for a large number of your staff just before the holiday?
[MALLOY] “These are folks who hadn’t had a pay raise in four years and I wasn’t going to ask them to go another four years or a total of eight without a pay raise and I did, I kept the promise that I had made that government would be smaller and it is by about 12-hundred people…that the folks tha tcame to work for me would not recieve a raise essentially in the first term and they did not and it was time to address it.”
The Governor told Davis he is aware that the Mohegan Tribe wants to open a dialog with the state about opening another gambling facility in Northern Connecticut to compete when a new casino opens in Springfield but says it’s up to the tribe to sell the idea to the public.
[MALLOY] “I’m not sure that the people of Connecticut are prepared to allow additional casinos or outlets, they might, but I think someone’s going to have a big step of communicating why that’s necessary to the general public.”
[DAVIS] There’s news today that the people from ‘Tenet’ are coming back to talk to some legislators about the possibility of re-opening the deal to buy Waterbury Hospital, where do you stand on that?
[MALLOY] “We’ve had on going dialog directly and through third parties with ‘Tent.’ They need to…if they’re actually interested, we’ll have discussions. If they’re not interested, and as of now, they’ve not expressed any direct interest to us, then it’s hard to help resolve the problems particularly once they withdrew their application.”
The Governor will be sworn in for his second term on Wednesday afternoon in a ceremony at the State Armory in Hartford that’s open to the public.